I would like to address gross inaccuracies in the June 18 Gazette article about the Sequim School Board meeting (“Sequim schools pick assistant super,” June 18, page A-11). These inaccuracies could have easily been avoided with some basic research before publishing inflammatory statements.
The article states that parents of Highly Capable students are having problems with the program. In truth, the two parents of one student who recently qualified for the HiCap program are having problems with the school district and expressed their discontent. The district is moving to remedy these problems.
The article also states that there is some disagreement about what the HiCap program should look like. There is no disagreement — the State of Washington has mandated that school districts identify and serve Highly Capable students at all levels beginning next year. We are working diligently to make that happen.
Yes, we will be working to make sure that every student is educated at the level of challenge and this fall we will be putting together a Parent-Teacher Group to facilitate collaboration and communication between the district and parents. If you want information about the HiCap program, the wisest move would be to ask the program coordinator. I’d be happy to fill you in.
(Whitley is coordinator of the Highly Capable Program for the Sequim School District.)